STEUBENVILLE – Sophomore Matt Trent set the single-season rebounding record for the Franciscan men's basketball team but the Barons could overcome Mount Aloysius as the Mounties hung on for a 69-59 win, Wednesday evening.
Heading in the AMCC contest, Trent sat at 216 rebounds for the season, tying the previous single-season record held by Joseph Rine from the 2012-13 season. At the 16:27 mark, Trent battled under the basket for a defensive rebound and his 217th rebound of the season – setting the single-season record for the Barons.
After the record-setting rebound, the Barons took their first lead of the game at the 12:51 mark as sophomore Joe Schriner hit a three-pointer to give Franciscan a 5-4 lead. Senior Jacob Divens extended the Baron lead to three with a jumper on their next possession. After the Mounties cut the lead back down to one, 7-6, freshman Sean Hickey drained a three-pointer at the 10:22 mark to lead 10-6. Over the next two minutes, the two teams traded the lead three times until Mount Aloysius took the 13-12 lead with 8:10 to play, a lead the Mounties would not relinquish for the rest of the contest.
The Mounties pushed their lead to 17-12 with 5:42 to play before Franciscan used a 6-2 run to cut the lead back down to one, the run capped by a jumper from Trent. With 19 seconds left in the half. Shaire Ford-Tolson hit a three to give the Mounties a 22-18 lead going into the break.
Coming out of the break, sophomore Josh York hit the first bucket of the half to cut the lead back down to two, 22-20, but the Mounties used a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 29-20 lead. The Mounties answered with a 19-2 run over four minutes to take a 14-point lead, 38-24, with 12:41 to play. Trent halted the Mountie run as he completed a traditional three-point play, making a layup and the subsequent free throw to trim the MTA lead back down to 11, 38-27.
Mount Aloysius maintained its double-digit lead for most of the second half, including taking a 17-point lead, the biggest of the contest, 49-32 with 7:32 to play. Schriner and Hickey sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a Mountie jumper to cut the deficit down to 13, 51-38, and Trent made a short jumper with 5:44 to play off a pass from sophomore John Noce, to get the Barons to within 11, 51-40.
The Barons made it a 10-point game five times over the next five minutes before trimming the lead down to nine, 64-55, with 37 seconds left thanks to a three-pointer from Schriner.
After a pair of Mountie free throws, Hickey drained another three to cut the lead to eight, 66-58. The Mounties were able to out-score the Barons 3-1 in the final 27 seconds of the half to seal the 69-59 win.
Trent posted his sixth-straight double-double including 14 points and 12 rebounds while Schriner posted 11 points and York had 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds to go with his three blocks. Noce and Hickey each collected nine points off of the bench while Noce handed out six assists in his 12 minutes of action.
With his 12 rebounds, Trent heads into the final game of the season with 228 rebounds, looking to add to his single-season record.
Franciscan hosts Medaille on Saturday in the final game of the season for a 2 pm tipoff. Prior to the game, the Barons will honor their four graduating seniors, Garrison Holmes, JP Dombrowski, Jacob Divens, and Keoni Sablan.